History in the making
A new production explores the history of the Fremantle Arts Centre.
FROM a destructive and confining building to a place full of ideas and creativity, WAAPA students will look back at the history of the Fremantle Arts Centre in a new production.
House on the Hill was written and directed by London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) associate director Nona Shepphard, who said it represented the four different eras of the building.
“It was built by convicts as an asylum first, then it changed use to a women’s home in the late 19th century,” she said.
“During World War II it housed American soldiers. After many years it was in such a ruin that there were talks of it being demolished.
“It was saved and restored and now it’s an arts centre.”
The audience will explore the building while watching stories from each era.
Shepphard said there were many challenges, including getting to know the students and the space.
“We want to show how art, theatre and performances changes lives,” she said.
The first-time visitor to Perth said she was very impressed with the WAAPA students.
House on the Hill director Nona Shepphard (centre) with performers Jono Battista and David Vikman.